Berwick and the Beach Canal


 

 

Film Review

This short documentary advocates the efforts of the Burlington Lighthouse Canal Group (BLCG) to restore and preserve the Burlington Canal Lighthouse in Hamilton, Ontario.  The lighthouse still stands at the entrance of the Hamilton Harbour, where it was built in the 1800’s, to provide guidance and light to ships in darkness and unsettled weather conditions.  In the film, the rich history of the Burlington Canal Lighthouse is explored in order to promote its historical and educational significance to the surrounding community.

Captain George Thomson, the lighthouse keeper for nearly 30 years, kept a diary in which he recorded weather observations so meticulously that they are regarded as the official historical weather records for that period.  Captain Thomson’s great-great grandson, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, narrates the film as a modern-day link to the lighthouse, emphasizing the historical and educational importance of preserving this significant monument.

LOCATION

Recorded in Canada, this film highlights the area surrounding the lighthouse, including the lift bridge that was constructed adjacent to it.  It also includes shots from Berwick Upon Tweed, England, which is the town that Captain Thomson came from before moving to North America to become the lighthouse keeper at the Burlington Canal Lighthouse.

PRODUCTION

This documentary runs at 9 minutes in full HD.  The film made its debut at the Burlington Central Library on March 8, 2015, and is now available here via YouTube.

 

MS NORDSTJERNEN

 

 

Film Review

The MS Nordstjernen ship was built for the Coastal Voyage fleet in 1956 and extensively modernised in 2000 for exclusive Arctic sailing. Today she takes explorers on adventures in the waters around Spitsbergen. Despite modernisation, she still retains the aura of an old Atlantic ship, restored to her former splendour with new brass, classic wooden interiors and all her original art. Out on deck you come extra close to the untouched nature of the Polar Arctic and with roofs over a lot of the deck space you can enjoy being outside, even in rough weather.

MS Nordstjernen is named after Stella Polaris or the North Star, famous for helping the Vikings to navigate the north and seafarers find out their way back home.

LOCATION

Filming starts in Hamburg, sailing north to and exploring several fjords along the Norwegian coast along the way, including the stunning Lysefjord and the famous Hardangerfjord. The Geirangerfjord is considered to be the most beautiful fjord in the world, and the scenery will take your breath away.

After seeing Ålesund’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral and a traditional fishing village in Lofoten, we visit Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic. The MS Nordstjernen will sail around Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape, and then heads for Svalbard.

PRODUCTION

This documentary runs at 8 minutes in full HD.